Using Airtable for Cluster Research

Presented by Mary Crosby

2-Hour Workshop (Intermediate)

Airtable is a free cloud-based relational database tool that organizes data, teases out patterns, and reveals relationships. Often referred to as a spreadsheet on steroids, Airtable’s powerful features make data actionable and visually engaging. Cluster research is a technique wherein indirect evidence from a “cluster” of people connected to an ancestor can reveal information about the ancestor that may not otherwise be found directly. This workshop will provide hands-on instruction and original templates for using Airtable to create a cluster research database. The accompanying illustrative case study will show participants how Airtable was used to document and discover Toronto’s early freedom seekers and their descendants, including the presenter’s 4th-great grandmother, Deborah Brown.